Obituaries from 12.12.12 edition

Elsie Mary (Tofte) Lockett

Elsie Mary Lockett went home to her Lord and Savior on December 4, 2012, at age 95.  Born March 12, 1917, in Pencer, Minnesota, the third of ten children. She was a McKinleyville resident since 1950.

During World War II, Elsie moved from Minnesota to Portland, Oregon, and became a  “welderette” in the shipyards. There she met and later married Charles Lockett, her beloved husband of nearly 50 years. He preceded her in death in 1994.

Elsie was a licensed beautician, and operated her own shop until her retirement. She spent many hours playing cards and other games with family and friends. She was a regular at the McKinleyville Senior Center’s Friday pinochle game. Elsie was an active member of McKinleyville Baptist Church, and it was her faith in God and devotion to her family and friends that she will most be remembered for.  She was an example of Christian love to all those who knew her.

She is survived by two sons and their wives, Chuck (Barb) Lockett of Klamath Falls, Ore., and George (Pam) Lockett of Bly, Ore; three daughters and their husbands, Carole (Rich) Percival of Sacramento, Bev (Tom) Wood of McKinleyville, and Carla (Tim) Hoff of Kelseyville; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, one sister, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life at McKinleyville Baptist Church, 1616 Windsor Ave., McKinleyville, on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.  Pastor Jim Dickinson will officiate.  A reception will follow.  Private interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Arcata.  Arrangements are under the direction of Paul’s Chapel, Arcata.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to McKinleyville Baptist Church or McKinleyville Senior Center.




The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that God

Was going to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly,

In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

You did not go alone;

For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.


You left us peaceful memories,

Your love is still our guide;

And though we cannot see you,

You are always at our side.


Our family chain is broken,

And nothing seems the same;

But as God calls us one by one,

The Chain will link again.

– Author Unknown


Barney (“Slim”) Edward Blair

Barney was born on Aug. 10, 1937 in Southern California.  He passed away on Dec. 3, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka.  Barney is survived by his wife of almost 34 years, Vicki Johnson Blair, a brother, James Blair and a son, Edward Blair.

Barney served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to Dec. 1972.  He moved to McKinleyville in October 1986 where he enjoyed driving bus for Humboldt Transit until retiring.

Barney loved his wife, Bluegrass music, motorcycles and seeing this beautiful country.

He will rest at the National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Oregon.  At his request, there will be no local services held.  If you would like to honor his life, please donate to the local Senior Center, the Cancer Society, Veterans Administration or other service agencies.

A special thank-you to the wonderful healthcare people that so touched his life.  To St. Joseph’s Hospital staff, the folks at Radiation Oncology, and especially the nurses who so lovingly cared for Barney at the infusion center at Internal Medicine.  And finally to Rose. Rose, please know how really grateful we were for you. You were our one constant in an uncertain world. God bless you Rose.


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